Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz – the big arts companies protect no-one by protecting the few

Dance, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

Yaron Lifschitz, CEO of the Brisbane based circus gave a speech in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast last week that challenged the major 28 arts companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) that make up the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) to demand their funding pool be opened to anyone who

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The Major Performing Arts companies respond to Yaron Lifschitz’s challenge

Dance, Live, Music, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

Last week the CEO of the circus/theatre company Circa, Yaron Lifschitz, threw down a challenge to the 28 major arts companies that make up the Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).  In a speech delivered in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast he challenged these companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) to demand their

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office


Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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Sydney Dance Company: New Breed 2016 review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

Dance, Reviews, Stage |

Now in its third year, Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed has proven itself to be a wonderful laboratory for rising choreographic talents to test new ideas and stretch their choreographic muscles. Those choreographers have been drawn from around the country and within the ranks of Sydney Dance Company’s dancers, many of whom have tried their hand at

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Want to finger a ficus? Sex, life, and sex lives under the spotlight in Sydney

Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre, Visual Arts |

Performance Space’s second annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art is now in its second week at Carriageworks, and Ben Neutze went along to review three diverse and fascinating works: Ecosexual Bathhouse, The Talk, and Mermermer. *** Plants: can they consent? That’s one of the lingering questions from Ecosexual Bathhouse, the centrepiece of the second week of Sydney’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art at Carriageworks. The

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Sydney Dance Company: Untamed review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

Dance, Reviews, Stage |

Untamed leads with Gabrielle Nankivell’s mesmerising journey through forms of animals, humans and mechanised tribes, and closes in a whirlpool of flying dance with Rafael Bonachela returning to his favourite sounds of strings and cello. In matching her work Wildebeest with his, Anima, Bonachela shows again his knack for good artistic direction at Sydney Dance

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The Australian Ballet reveals crowd-pleasing 2017 season of ‘wonderment’

Dance, News & Commentary, Stage |

With the Australian Ballet’s Sydney home, the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for seven months next year, the company has unveiled a program which seems designed to attract ballet lovers away from the harbour icon and into Haymarket’s Capitol Theatre. The centrepiece of the season is the Australian premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The

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Will Asia-Topa be the ‘game changer’ Australian arts companies have been wishing for?

Dance, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The inaugural Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts announced its program for January- April 2017 today with 15 nations from the region presenting 60 events across artforms with 25 of those events being commissions or premieres. The festival is the brainchild of Carrillo Gantner and seed-funded by $2 million the Sidney Myer Fund, the Myer Foundation

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